Here’s a good a reason as any to get married once — the average cost of a Connecticut wedding in 2016 is $43,942, according to ValuePenguin.com.
Connecticut weddings rank higher than the national average — $29,858 — but aren’t as expensive as Manhattan ($88, 176, by far the most expensive in the country), North Jersey ($47,868) or Westchester ($45,709) weddings.
The website based the numbers on an event with 140 guests, the average wedding size nationwide. The cost in Connecticut works out to $341 per person.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks, you might want to consider a wedding outside of New England. According to the website, the cheapest states to have a wedding in are Mississippi ($12,769), Utah ($13,301) and Iowa ($13,367).
Value Penguin factored all aspects of the big day into its calculations, which drew data from websites like The Knot and WeddingStats.com. The most expensive parts of a wedding are the reception venue ($13,385), engagement ring ($5,598), reception band ($3,469) photographer ($2,440) and ceremony site ($1,793).
Now for a breather. The things you’ll spend the least on are favors ($281), invitations ($443), wedding cake ($546), ceremony musician ($588) and transportation ($732).
If these numbers seem like a jump from years ago, that’s because they are — in 1990, the average wedding cost $15,200.